There is an intense polarization between groups of people in the world today. The “us vs. them” mentality is strong.
We’re right, they are wrong.
We’re superior, they are inferior.
We’re smart, they are stupid.
We’re good, they are evil.
This way of thinking is a sickness of the mind. Perpetuated long enough, you will start to believe that you are better than somebody else. As if you are different from everybody else in the world.
Our perceptions are continually being morphed by the news media, our social networks, and the education we are brought up in. Organizations that thrive on their ability to facilitate groupthink.
But you can break free. You can bring humanity back.
- Be a critical thinker.
- Challenge your beliefs.
- Question the facts.
- Be the first to reach out.
- Cultivate solutions that work for everyone.
But most importantly, remember that we are all human. We are more alike than we are different.
Ed LaGrange says
Gain commonality with those in which we differ. Find opportunity in this world instead of being paralyzed by adversity. Lose the excuses we hold onto which prevent us from achieving our goals or finding our direction.
But aren’t some people wrong? I think you can objectively say some people think bad things.
Yes, people can do things that are broadly accepted as morally wrong. And what I mean by that, is that mutually agreed upon ethical principles can be applied to actions people take.
But with a few exceptions of really dysfunctional people, I believe that most people believe that they are in the right. Most people want to do good. So it’s important for us to try to understand that even if we disagree with somebody.